NBA Injury News & Starting Lineups (Jan. 9): Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bradley Beal Out

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Below are the projected starting lineups for each team playing on Saturday’s NBA slate, along with notable injury news for each squad. For real-time updates to these lineups, check out our Action Labs NBA lineups page.

Saturday’s NBA Injury News

6:15 p.m. ET Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable with back spasms for the Bucks, and Bradley Beal was a late scratch due to COVID protocols, according to Shams Charania.

1 p.m. ET Update: Jayson Tatum is expected to enter quarantine and miss the next 10-to-14 days because of the health and safety protocols.

Joel Embiid (back) and Ben Simmons (knee) have been ruled out Saturday, which has reduced Philly’s potential active roster from nine players to seven players. That forced the Sixers to upgrade Mike Scott (knee) to available to avoid a forfeit, though he won’t actually see any minutes, according to coach head coach Doc Rivers.


12 p.m. ET Update: Today’s game between the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers will be played. Danny Green, Joel Embiid, and Paul Reed have all cleared COVID-19 health and safety protocols and will be available to play on Saturday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Tobias Harris, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Vincent Poirier have been ruled out.


Saturday’s most important news centers around the health of a large portion of the Philadelphia 76ers’ roster. Sixers guard Seth Curry tested positive for COVID-19 Thursday night and since then the team has been in limbo ahead of their matchup with the Denver Nuggets.

Per our NBA Insiders tool:

The Sixers currently have 11 players listed on the injury report in advance of Saturday’s game. Most players are listed questionable due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. If all questionable players are unable to suit up, the Sixers wouldn’t have enough players for a game to be played.

The Dallas Mavericks are also being impacted by COVID protocols ahead of their game against the Orlando Magic.

They have ruled out Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Dorian Finney-Smith due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Trey Burke, who was questionable with an illness, is listed as probable and could end up starting with their rotation taking a hit.

Be sure to check the Action Labs NBA page for real time updates.

Saturday’s Projected Starting Lineups

Denver Nuggets at Philadelphia 76ers (3 p.m. ET)

Nuggets Projected Lineup

PG – Jamal Murray
SG – Gary Harris
SF – Will Barton
PF – Paul Millsap
C – Nikola Jokic

Injury news: Michael Porter Jr. (health protocols) is out indefinitely.

76ers Projected Lineup

PG – Tyrese Maxey
SG – Dakota Mathias
SF – Danny Green
PF – Paul Reed
C – Dwight Howard

Injury news: The 76ers will be without Terrance Ferguson, Seth Curry, Vincent Poirier, Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Tobias Harris. Paul Reed and Danny Green have cleared COVID-19 protocols. Joel Embiid (back) and Ben Simmons are out and Mike Scott (knee) has been activated.


Miami Heat at Washington Wizards (7 p.m. ET)

Heat Projected Lineup

PG – Jimmy Butler
SG – Tyler Herro
SF – Duncan Robinson
PF – Kelly Olynyk
C – Bam Adebayo

Injury news: Nothing new.

Wizards Projected Lineup

PG – Raul Neto
SG – Bradley Beal
SF – Deni Avdija
PF – Rui Hachimura
C – Thomas Bryant

Injury news: Russell Westbrook (finger) is doubtful.


Phoenix Suns at Indiana Pacers (7 p.m. ET)

Suns Projected Lineup

PG – Chris Paul
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Mikal Bridges
PF – Jae Crowder
C – Deandre Ayton

Injury news: Nothing new

Pacers Projected Lineup

PG – Malcolm Brogdon
SG – Aaron Holiday
SF – Victor Oladipo
PF – Domantas Sabonis
C – Myles Turner

Injury news: Doug McDermott (ankle) is questionable.


Atlanta Hawks at Charlotte Hornets (7 p.m. ET)

Hawks Projected Lineup

PG – Trae Young
SG – Cam Reddish
SF – Deandre Hunter
PF – John Collins
C – Clint Capela

Injury news: Tony Snell (foot) is questionable, Bruno Fernando (hip) is probable.

Hornets Projected Lineup

PG – Devonte’ Graham
SG – Terry Rozier
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – PJ Washington
C – Bismack Biyombo

Injury news: Nothing new.


San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves (8 p.m. ET)

Spurs Projected Lineup

PG – Dejounte Murray
SG – Lonnie Walker IV
SF – DeMar DeRozan
PF – Keldon Johnson
C – LaMarcus Aldridge

Injury news: Drew Eubanks (heath protocols) is out.

Timberwolves Projected Lineup

PG – D’Angelo Russell
SG – Malik Beasley
SF – Jarrett Culver
PF – Juan Hernangomez
C – Karl-Anthony Towns

Injury news: Karl-Anthony Towns (wrist) is questionable, Josh Okogie (hamstring) is out.


Cleveland Cavaliers at Milwaukee Bucks (8 p.m. ET)

Cavaliers Projected Lineup

PG – Collin Sexton
SG – Isaac Okoro
SF – Cedi Osman
PF – Larry Nance Jr.
C – Andre Drummond

Injury news: Collin Sexton (ankle) is questionable, Darius Garland (shoulder) and Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) remain out.

Bucks Projected Lineup

PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Donte DiVincenzo
SF – Khris Middleton
PF – Giannis Antetokounmpo
C – Brook Lopez

Injury news: Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable with back spasms.


Orlando Magic at Dallas Mavericks (8:30 p.m. ET)

Magic Projected Lineup

PG – Cole Anthony
SG – Evan Fournier
SF – Dwayne Bacon
PF – Aaron Gordon
C – Nikola Vucevic

Injury news: Evan Fournier (back) is questionable.

Mavericks Projected Lineup

PG – Luka Doncic
SG – Trey Burke
SF – Tim Hardaway Jr.
PF – Maxi Kleber
C – Willy Cauley-Stein

Injury news: Trey Burke (illness) is probable, Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, and Dorian Finney-Smith have been ruled out due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.


Portland Trail Blazers at Sacramento Kings (10 p.m. ET)

Trail Blazers Projected Lineup

PG – Damian Lillard
SG – CJ McCollum
SF – Derrick Jones Jr.
PF – Robert Covington
C – Jusuf Nurkic

Injury news: Nothing new.

Kings Projected Lineup

PG – De’Aaron Fox
SG – Buddy Hield
SF – Harrison Barnes
PF – Marvin Bagley
C – Richaun Holmes

Injury news: Nothing new.


Phan’s Bet to Watch

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